Jesus Lived in a Police State


“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Game is as great as ever, and empires as avaricious

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Illustration: michaelmucci.com Join the debate: SMH Comment It seems the good people of Sevastopol really want to be Russian. All 123 per cent of them turned out to vote in this week’s referendum to say so. They’re a fickle bunch, though. If they’re anything like their fellow Crimeans, only about a third of them felt this way in 2011, and ... Read More »

Putin’s Motives Rooted in History Remain a Mystery Abroad

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As tensions between Russia and the West grew more heated with Vladimir Putin’s rapid move yesterday to recognize Crimea as an independent state, his actions and motives remain opaque to U.S. and European officials. Some in the U.S., including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have dismissed the Russian president as “delusional” or intent on recreating the Soviet Union. Others, ... Read More »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Washington’s plan to seize Ukraine and to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base has come amiss. But to turn around Lenin’s quote, “two steps forward, one step back.” Do you remember all the tough talk coming from John Kerry, the White House Fool, Hilary Clinton, and the lickspittle Merkel about the harsh sanctions that would “badly damage” the ... Read More »

The Best Historical Analogy for Crimea Doesn’t Involve Nazis

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For precedent, look to Cyprus instead of Poland Hillary Clinton is only the highest profile figure to compare Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to Hitler’s expansionist policies prior to World War II. This week, as The Washington Post helpfully lists, we’ve heard other versions of the Hitler analogy from John McCain, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Garry Kasparov, and many others. As Nazi ... Read More »

Saudi strategy includes alliance with Pakistan

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During his Jan. 6 visit to Pakistan, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal celebrated the “deep-rooted historic relations between the two Islamic countries” and promised regular consultation meetings on regional and international issues of mutual concern. The promise of Saudi investment, together with remittances of around 1.5 million Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia are much needed in Pakistan. Saudi Minister of Foreign ... Read More »

Tom Switzer: Talk of Chinese hegemony forgets US regional interest

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For decades, American strategic dominance has ensured peace and prosperity in Asia. So alarm bells should ring when regional allies see US influence waning amid the expanding power of China. Obama’s stance could push an insecure China into an anti-foreign posture. Photo: Reuters When President Barack Obama missed a pair of Asian summits last October, serious doubts surfaced about his ... Read More »

Are we on the brink of war?

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‘ Academic sparks debate by drawing comparisons between 1914 past and 2014 present ‘ A CENTURY ago, a simple assassination was enough to topple a tenuous balance between the old and new worlds. The resulting war killed millions and spanned the globe. Is history about to repeat itself? The year was 1914. The world was experimenting with economic globalisation. Optimists ... Read More »

Japan’s Shinzo Abe risks tension with neighbours by visiting war dead shrine

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‘ China protests after prime minister visits the controversial Yasukuni shrine in reversal of his policy during first term of office ‘ Shinzo Abe, centre, follows a Shinto priest as he visits the Yasukuni shrine for war dead. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters Jump to comments Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has made a visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, prompting ... Read More »